19 Jun '14, 3pm

NIST Test House Counts Down to Net Zero - EcoBuilding Pulse

NIST Test House Counts Down to Net Zero - EcoBuilding Pulse

The 2,700-square-foot house, built on NIST's Gaithersburg, Md., campus officially opened in September 2012 , and was designed as a laboratory to demonstrate net-zero capabilities, test advanced technologies, quantify energy use, and compare installed use to controlled use. Its two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath design was crafted to replicate typical home features in the Washington, D.C. area while integrating energy-efficient systems such as a photovoltaic panel display, solar water heating, and energy-efficiency construction techniques and appliances. Since July 1, 2013, mechanical controls and computer software that are separated from the home in the attached garage have simulated the behavior of a family of four: two working parents and two children who are 8 and 14 years old. The goal of simulating the family's use of the home is to demonstrate that a net-zero-energy...

Full article: http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/energy-efficiency/nist-te...

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